Artists and collectors converged at the Vida Downtown Dubai last night for the EMERGEAST Auction 2.0. Following the success of the first edition in March, Auction 2.0 saw an even greater number or artworks going under the hammer.

Keyvan Heydari EMERGEAST

Emerging artists from across the region were represented including Iranian Keyvan Heydari, Emirati Siddiqa Juma, Sudanese Khalid Albaih and many more. Out of the 25 artworks displayed in the catalogue, only four remain unsold.

The biggest draw of the night was Kuwaiti Ali Shawwa's acrylic painting, 'Farid And Tahiya'. Starting at a bid of Dhs9550, the bidding war quickly escalated and in the end, the painting sold for Dhs22,000. "I was nervous in the beginning when the bid started because everybody remained quiet," said Shawwa. "But then it got interesting and in the end I was happy that my piece was appreciated in that way."

Ali SHawwa EMRGEAST Farid and Tahiya

Three additional undisplayed pieces were also auctioned off and sales from these went to the Palestine Children's Relief Fund (PCRF).